Tuesday, November 20, 2018

1 Praise the Lord, O my soul;
    and all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. - Psalm 103:1-5
Much is written about praising God at all times whether in the middle of a storm or smooth sailing on a calm sea. It is certainly biblically true and we should continually strive to a place of maturity so we can praise Him in both the storm and the calm. This psalm is focused on the benefits which seems at face value to be a psalm of praise during times of smooth sailing when we experience the move of God in our life. Dig under the surface and you find the benefits of God where most likely we will praise the loudest is when He meets us in the storms. Consider the few verses noted. He meets us and does amazing work in us when we sin, when we are sick, when our life is in the pit. He forgives, he heals, and he redeems when we would see our life as less than calm. But it goes beyond what we would consider enough. If forgiveness and healing and redemption is not enough and would most likely satisfy our soul, God goes beyond and crowns us with love and compassion, satisfies us with good things, and in the end we are renewed to a state of youthfulness. What a blessing! What a reason to praise God! And that’s just five verses. The psalm continues with more and more and more. Our God is worthy of our praise to the very depth of soul with all of who we are. Praise his holy name!
Heavenly Father, for all your benefits, for all of your presence when we are sailing the calm seas or battling the storm, we praise your holy name. We join with David and receive your forgiveness, your healing, your redemption. We receive our crown of love and the renewal of mind and spirit. Impart a spirit of praise within each of us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
What are you thankful for today?